Food labelling legislation ensures consumers are not misled about the nature of food products when they are sold to them. It also creates a level playing field for food producers, so they have clear requirements on the information that appears on the label and how this is presented. This is currently enforced in the UK through the Food Information Regulations.
Responsibility for food labelling legislation and policy is split across:
- Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
Responsible for food labelling legislation that is principally non-safety and for the co-ordination of labelling policy across Government.
- Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Responsible for legislation on labelling and standards that are principally safety based.
- Department of Health (DH)
Responsible for nutrition labelling policy.
Please use the following links to find out more information on:
- catering businesses
- colours in food
- durability - use by/best before dates
- Food Information Regulation
- guidance for the use of terms
- labelling claims
- quantitative ingredient declarations (QUIDs).
Last updated: 4.33pm on Thursday 12 December 2019